A Nosh from the Buffet: Selections from CANVAS Media Grantees

Last week we filled you in on fall offerings from our Jewish arts and culture network grantees. This week, we’re bringing you up to date on another important focus for CANVAS: media grantees.

CANVAS Year Two: Moving Forward, Looking Back

CANVAS Year Two: Moving Forward, Looking Back

This is the time of year when we share what we at CANVAS have been up to. It’s our annual peek behind the curtain to help explain our grantmaking and field-building efforts for the Jewish arts and culture world. It is also a chance to share how we’ve grown.

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Artists on Artists: Yevgeniy Fiks and Maria Veits

Artists on Artists: Yevgeniy Fiks and Maria Veits

The CANVAS Compendium returns from summer hiatus with an installment of Artists on Artists, when Jewish creatives share the work of Jewish artists they admire. This time we invited Yevgeniy Fiks and Maria Veits to choose artists, as their multinational project, Yiddishland Pavilion, is currently fascinating visitors online and at the Venice Biennale. Yevgeniy Fiks is a Moscow-born New York-based artist, author, and organizer of art exhibitions. His work is inspired by the collapse of the...

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Kultura Collective: Fostering Collaboration and Jewish Creativity in Toronto

Kultura Collective: Fostering Collaboration and Jewish Creativity in Toronto

“Toronto’s arts and culture scene is one to watch, and its Jewish ecosystem within it is thriving with world-class creativity.” So said Sam Mogelonsky, and she should know. Not only is she an accomplished visual artist, curator, and designer in her own right, she also is Director of Arts, Culture, and Heritage for the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, and she heads up the Kultura Collective, an exciting UJA Federation of Greater Toronto initiative promoting bridge-building opportunities...

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Seeing Ourselves on the Page:The Global Impact of PJ Library

Seeing Ourselves on the Page:
The Global Impact of PJ Library

Born and raised in rural Vermont, Naomi Shulman was one of only three Jewish kids at her school. The books she read when she was younger had “incidentally Jewish” characters, if they had them at all.Later, as a burgeoning children’s book author and mother of two, Shulman noticed there were still very few books that spoke to her own experience. So she wrote her own.“I wanted to represent rural Jewish life,” Shulman said. “Yitzi, The Trusty Tractor was the kind of book I wish I had been able to...

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Jewish Museums: Hidden Gems

Jewish Museums: Hidden Gems

With pandemic restrictions easing, many of us are thinking about traveling again. With that in mind, we thought we’d point out a few Jewish museums that you may have overlooked.

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Artists on Artists: Julia Vogl and Gabriella Willenz

Artists on Artists: Julia Vogl and Gabriella Willenz

“Artists on Artists” is one of our favorite things at the Compendium, when we turn over the keys to Jewish artists we admire so they can share the work of Jewish artists they admire. This week it’s Julia Vogl and Gabriella Willenz, two brilliant interdisciplinary artists. 

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Spotlight on Ukraine: What’s at Risk and How to Help

Spotlight on Ukraine: What’s at Risk and How to Help

CANVAS is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the field of Jewish arts and culture. We founded this newsletter to amplify the work of our grantees and highlight the creativity of Jewish artists and writers. This week, however, we’d like to expand that notion and focus on Ukraine.

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Asylum Arts: A Shelter for Jewish Artists

Asylum Arts: A Shelter for Jewish Artists

The name “Asylum Arts” draws inspiration from safe, nurturing spaces. In its creation, founder and director Rebecca Guber envisioned “a shelter for artists,” a welcoming environment at the cross-section of creativity and Jewish community. 

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Pow! Zap! Oy! (Jews and comics)

Pow! Zap! Oy! (Jews and comics)

A page, divided into panels, with drawings and word balloons: if you’re a reader of a certain age, you’ll recall a time when this was considered the mark of a lesser art form. It’s been really cool watching comic books and graphic novels mature into a genre that, at its best—such as Art Spiegelman’s Maus or Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis—stands shoulder-to-shoulder with other narrative forms like film and literary fiction.   And as with so many American art forms, Jews have played a crucial part...

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CANVAS Invests Additional $195,000 in Creative Communities

CANVAS Invests Additional $195,000 in Creative Communities

We’re doubling down on arts networks, the key to the arts and culture ecosystem, with a new round of funding. This week we’ve announced a new round of Jewish arts & culture grantmaking: $195,000 to nine emerging arts networks in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. This latest grant cycle brings our total commitments to the sector to over $1.6 million over the past 18 months. I want to briefly explain our philanthropic approach here and address the question: why are networks key to...

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Jewish Arts and Culture Highlights of 2021

Jewish Arts and Culture Highlights of 2021

We’ve heard lots of people bidding 2021 a not-so-fond farewell lately, and for many good reasons. But last year had highlights, and we should remind ourselves of all the remarkable creativity we witnessed. Despite the tumultuousness and uncertainty, the creative community kept us engaged, entertained, and hopeful. 

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